Torch Newsbriefs

School of Education Receives KCP Morris Hood Jr. Grant

Ferris State University’s School of Education announced this week that it has received $47,000 in grants from the state of Michigan. The grants are part of the King/Chavez/Parks initiative, which targets the academic needs of the state’s at-risk students.

This grant money will be available to assist students who are currently pursing a degree in education. It will be used to pay for such items as tuition, exams and other educational-related expenses.

Through this type of funding by the MHED, Ferris hopes to continue to encourage students to enroll in K-12 educational programs.

Ferris Alumni: Tailgate on Ice 2011

On Feb. 18, Ferris State Alumni will host “Tailgate on Ice 2011.”

This event is an opportunity for family and friends to come celebrate before the big game against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. inside the Multipurpose Room of the Ewigleben Sports Complex. The cost for the event is $15 per person, which includes a game ticket, parking and the tailgate party. To purchase tickets or for additional information, contact Amy Packard at (888) 378-3647 or visit

Organ Donation Awareness: Video Competition

The Collegiate American Marketing Association is holding a video competition geared at raising awareness around the need for organ donation.

Students are encouraged to get involved and help raise awareness. The winning video will be used by the organization to help spread the word about organ donations. The winner will also receive a cash price of $50. Cash prizes in the amount of $30 and $20 will also be awarded to the second and third place winners. Submissions must be between 30 and 60 seconds and will only be accepted in CD or DVD format. The last day to submit entries is Feb. 24. Turn all submissions into Laura Dix at COB 2354 along with a completed Participant Acknowledgement Form.

Ferris Professor to be showcased at gallery

Ferris State University professor and “swimming upstream” sculpture creator Robert Barnum will soon have his work featured at the White River gallery. Barnum was selected by the Arts Council of White Lake. Barnum’s 15 feet by 40 feet sculpture will tell the story of downtown Montague. His piece will be the third separate aluminum relief sculpture attached to the White River Gallery building. The deadline for the new piece is April 30.

From Ferris State to the NCAA

Ira Childress, assistant director of leadership development for the NCAA, will be speaking at Ferris on Feb. 21 at 4:30 p.m. in BUS 111. Childress will be discussing sports communication, leadership development and organizations in the NCAA, along with his own personal experiences. He graduated in 2003 with his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Speech Communication and he received his Master of Education degree in 2005. n